“Being in foster care and being adopted makes you different than other kids. But I never saw this as a bad thing.” – Cadence Cottom, Butler University Graduate. Profound words from a bright young woman who has lived the life that so many at her age have not. Cadence Cottom accomplished her dream to graduate Read More

Please Support Ed’s Tour de Adoption

Where the rubber meets the road. A cliché for where the hard work takes place, but for Wendy’s franchisee Ed Anderson, it’s truly where he plans to raise $1 million for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. After months of training, Ed will strap on his bike helmet, pump up his tires and hit the Read More

Five myths about foster care adoption

Lose 10 pounds. Read a book a week. Unplug from technology an hour a day. We all start a new year off optimistically, but too often we fall back into our old routines because our goals just weren’t realistic. This year, I challenge you to add a simple resolution that won’t take much time, but Read More

One Day – 22 Adoptions and 107,000 still waiting

22 adoptions were finalized in Columbus on Thursday. Six families, 22 children, joy and hope were all in the courtroom today. We have been honored to help guide the National Adoption Day movement for the past 16 years with these unrelenting goals in mind – that one day no child will age out of foster Read More

Action alert: Let Congress hear your voice!

LAST STRETCH OF RECESS ACTION ALERT: Let Congress hear your voice! Dear Friends of Adoption: This is a perfect time to connect with your Members of Congress before the summer recess ends on September 7th.  Here are several simple ways you can reach out and make sure they know how important the Adoption Tax Credit is to Read More

Children are in need of families, and you may be the perfect fit

Child abuse is among the most difficult subjects imaginable to discuss. Just thinking about the abuse, maltreatment or neglect of children too young or too powerless to defend themselves can be emotionally wrenching. Older youth can become deeply troubled by the recognition that they were abandoned or maltreated simply because of who they are. The Read More

Better together

I admit it – I am a hopeless film fanatic.  Good, bad, terrifying, tearjerker – I am a sucker for it all. And as I get older, I am more and more fascinated by the dynamics of getting a movie made, from concept to DVD release and how that relates to what we can accomplish Read More

One amazing gentleman

One person, one voice can make all the difference. Mike Givens, my dear friend and dedicated Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption board member was that person – that voice. Yesterday we lost him to a horrible illness – much too early – but in the 14 years that I knew him, he made an impact Read More

10 ways to stop 23,000 children from aging out of foster care

Or, how to quit making excuses and do our job When I talk to audiences not familiar with the child welfare system, I share startling numbers – more than six million children last year were involved in reports of abuse or neglect and more than 400,000 were in foster care. And today, 101,000 children are Read More

Honoring Marian Wright Edelman for International Women’s Day

I am joining the call to #makeithappen. As remarkable women around the world are recognized during International Women’s Day 2015, I can think of so many who have created, influenced, advocated and led, with passion, grace and focus and who have paved the way for each of us. But, the one woman I must honor Read More